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Devan Cole / CNN:
Colin Powell, military leader and first Black US secretary of state, dies  —  (CNN)Colin Powell, the first Black US secretary of state whose leadership in several Republican administrations helped shape American foreign policy in the last years of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st …
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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Colin Powell Dies at 84  —  A former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, secretary of state and national security adviser, Mr. Powell died on Monday, his family said.  —  Colin L. Powell, who in four decades of public life served as the nation's top soldier, diplomat and national security adviser …
Discussion: Common Dreams
Eric Reichbaum / ABC News:
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell dies of COVID-19 complications  —  He was 84 years old.  —  Former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell died Monday morning due to complications from COVID-19, his family said in a statement.  —  “He was fully vaccinated.
Bradley Graham / Washington Post:
Colin L. Powell, former secretary of state and military leader, dies at 84  —  Colin L. Powell, who helped guide the U.S. military to victory in the 1991 Persian Gulf War as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, then struggled a decade later over the U.S. invasion of Iraq as a beleaguered secretary …
Amanda Macias / CNBC:
Colin Powell, former secretary of State who made case for Iraq invasion, dies of Covid complications at 84
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Hans Nichols / Axios:
Scoop: Manchin's red lines  —  Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has told the White House the child tax credit must include a firm work requirement and family income cap in the $60,000 range, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.  —  Why it matters: While Manchin's demands would dramatically weaken …
Mike Allen / Axios:
GOP senator smacks Trump  —  Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) told “Axios on HBO” he's not sure former President Donald Trump would win the Republican nomination if he ran in 2024 — a rare voice of criticism from within the party.  — When I raised the conventional wisdom that Trump would be expected …
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
As Trump Thunders About Last Election, Republicans Worry About the Next One  —  Donald Trump is the Republicans' greatest asset in mobilizing voters.  But some fret that his obsession with false claims about the 2020 election could cost the G.O.P. in 2022.  —  Republicans believe they have a good shot at taking Congress next year.
Mike Allen / Axios:
GOP senator calls for senility test for aging leaders
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
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Ben Smith / New York Times:
At Axel Springer, Politico's New Owner, Allegations of Sex, Lies and a Secret Payment  —  A high-flying German media giant is ahead on digital media but seems stuck in the past when it comes to the workplace and deal-making.  —  A high-level editor at the powerful German tabloid Bild …
Washington Post:
As Japan's yakuza mob weakens, former gangsters struggle to find a role outside crime  —  KITAKYUSHU, Japan — Noodle chef Takashi Nakamoto moves so deftly as he boils, strains and arranges his signature plates of udon that it's easy to overlook the brutal reminder of his former life: his missing left pinkie.
Eduardo Medina / New York Times:
As a Woman Was Raped, Train Riders Failed to Intervene, Police Say  —  The SEPTA train car near Philadelphia had several passengers aboard but none called 911 while the woman was sexually assaulted, the authorities said.  —  As a woman was being raped while on a train near Philadelphia on Wednesday night …
Discussion: HotAir, TheBlaze, Boston.com, Slate and WND
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:
How a lie becomes respectable, step by cowardly step  —  How does a lie become respectable?  —  Bit by bit, step by step, cowardly dodge by cowardly dodge.  —  Case in point: The Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C., inviting Republican Sen. Bill Hagerty (Tenn.) …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Major League Baseball to require teams to provide housing for minor league players starting in 2022, sources say  —  Amid mounting pressure from players and advocacy groups, Major League Baseball will require teams to provide housing for minor league players starting in 2022, sources told ESPN.
Mike Elk / Payday Report:
Division Over IATSE Deal as Members Organize Wildcats Walkouts  —  NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA.  - Yesterday the leadership of IATSE announced that they had reached a tentative agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) that will avert a potential strike set to begin at midnight tonight.
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Gene Maddaus / Variety:
IATSE Deal Could Be Rejected by Members: ‘Our Leadership Let Us Down’
New York Times:
As Manchin Blocks Climate Plan, His State Can't Hold Back Floods  —  As the senator thwarts Democrats' major push to reduce warming, new data shows West Virginia is more exposed to worsening floods than anywhere else in the country.  —  FARMINGTON, W.Va. — In Senator Joe Manchin's hometown …
Discussion: Washington Post and Axios
Greg B. Smith / THE CITY:
Eric Adams Once Led Sexist Smear Campaign Against a Whistleblower Cop  —  In 1991, Adams portrayed Officer Lizette Lebron as the “scorned lover” of another cop and displayed a picture of her in a bathing suit after she exposed a cheating scandal.  The mayoral frontrunner now expresses …
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
The incredible, disappearing — incompetent — Team Biden  —  Last week was another bad one for the continually disappearing Biden administration.  —  As Americans took to social media to post pictures of bare Dunkin' Donuts shelves, sold-out milk at big-box stores and other signs of an America in trouble …
Discussion: Fox Business and CNN
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Hayden Dublois / Courier-Journal:
Why no outrage for new Kentucky election laws?  They're no better than Texas or Georgia  —  A Democratic governor signed an election integrity bill into law — with Republican support.  —  In the hyperbolic, hyper-partisan political landscape we're facing, this type of situation would be normally unthinkable.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Last Chance to Save American Democracy  —  Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, has indicated that he plans to schedule a vote for Wednesday to open debate on a new voting rights bill, the Freedom to Vote Act.  —  The bill would set national standards for early voting, expand voting by mail …
Discussion: NBC News, Townhall and Raw Story
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E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:   Our system is biased against reform. Get used to it, Democrats.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
Washington Hears Echoes of the '50s and Worries: Is This a Cold War With China?  —  Incursions into Taiwan's air zone, a space launch and what looked like a prisoner swap raise a question that is about more than just semantics.  It could signal a dangerous new mind-set.
Justin George / Washington Post:
Metro suspends more than half of its rail cars after investigation uncovers safety problems  —  An NTSB investigation revealed that multiple 7000-series train car axles are out of compliance with manufacturer specifications  —  Metro on Sunday night pulled more than half of its rail cars …
Andrew Bucholtz / Awful Announcing:
Allison Williams is leaving ESPN over COVID-19 vaccine mandate, says “I am so morally and ethically not aligned with this.” … Disney, ESPN's parent company, is one of many large corporations requiring all employees to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, which has led to more than 722,000 deaths in the United States.
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Kana Ruhalter / The Daily Beast:
ESPN Reporter Quits Her Job Instead of Getting Vaccinated
Discussion: The Daily Wire
 
 
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